Americans Hold Somber
Observances of September 11 Attacks
September 12, 2011
A decade after Islamic terrorists hijacked four passenger planes and
turned them into weapons to claim nearly 3,000 lives, people in the
United States on Sunday somberly marked the September 11 anniversary
with memorials at the scenes of the attacks.
honor guard pay his respect at the bronze firefighter memorial at the
World Trade Center site in New York, September 11, 2011 VOA - C.
The names of the nearly 3,000 victims at the World Trade Center speak
volumes. The terrorist attacks in New York 10 years ago touched people
of all backgrounds, races and ages.
"And my father, Sebastian Gorki, who I never met because I was in my
mom's belly. I love you, father. I love you for loving the idea of
having me. You gave me the gift of life, and I wish you could be here to
enjoy it with me," said Nicholas Gorki.
Bells tolled to mark the moments when hijacked planes struck the twin
towers, and when those towers collapsed.
Among the crowd at the National September 11 Memorial, President Barack
Obama and his wife Michelle; former President George W. Bush and his
wife Laura, and New York City's mayor in 2001, Rudolph Giuliani. "God
bless every soul that we lost. God bless the family members who have to
endure that loss, and God guide us to our reunion in heaven, and God
bless the United States of America," he said.
The decade has not dulled the sense of loss.
"Miss my son every day of his, of my life. Ten years seem like 10
minutes right now," said one woman.
Elsewhere, mourners gathered in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,
where a hijacked plane crashed after passengers overpowered their
Obamas appeared there, too, and shared a reflective moment.
And just outside the nation's capital, a remembrance at the Pentagon,
where 184 people died when another plane struck the building.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke of the resilience of the victims'
families. "You let them know that hope can grow from tragedy, that there
can be a second life," he said.
Year after year, people come back to the scenes of the three attacks,
united in their collective loss.